With carefully placed outdoor lights, you can enjoy the ambiance of your garden into the evening. This blog posts features one of our most recent new listings.
596 Crowfield Circle
This home has a beautiful exterior with so many wonderful features, the landscape lighting highlights all the greatness this home encompasses. Check it out along with some great lighting tips!
How do you create a yard that’s light years ahead of others? One way is to make the space usable at night. Since many people work or play till long after the sun goes down, they often don’t have time to enjoy their backyard until the evening hours. Add outdoor lighting, and your garden is immediately transformed into usable space.
“Most people don’t realize this, but the backyard is a whole new room that they haven’t explored fully,” says outdoor lighting designer Michael Sestak. “You have the option to go beyond that light bulb at the doorway.” Good lighting can bring Zen-like qualities to any setting. You can rediscover the perimeter of your property, make it fun to entertain and highlight points of interest, such as sculptures or fountains. 596 Crowfield Circle has a welcoming back yard with an amazingly designed outdoor space, you’ll feel like you have extra living space with this area!
Another oasis in the backyard to sit and relax with friends, the simple garland style lights adds yet another small touch of coziness. The ground lights featured in the perfectly manicured flower garden highlights the exquisite plants you’ll see throughout the landscaping.
When choosing landscape lights for your home, it’s best to go with what works with your landscape and what you are wanting to highlight. No matter what you choose, highlighting your home will be a sure way to interest potential buyers if you’re trying to sell your home. Landscape lighting can also help with security of your home!
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What you really need to know about buying — from the people who house hunt for a living.
One house you’re looking at has the wraparound porch you’ve fantasized about, but it’s on a high-traffic street. The condo you like has great amenities, but it has no dedicated parking. What to choose?
It’s not every day that you buy a home and make decisions about the next three, five, or 10 years of your life. Since you can’t exactly take a home on a test drive, how do you decide? That got us to thinking about real estate pros. When they’ve seen practically everything on the market, how do they choose?
Compromise for Your Priorities
Maybe you know exactly what you want in a home: ranch style, three bedrooms, high ceilings. But…you ended up with a colonial style home.
Huh? What about that wish list?
The home’s price and location could end up trumping the style you wish for.
Pros advice: Make sure your practical and functional priorities don’t get lost in all the home buying OOOO-la-la’s (sparkling granite counters, new hardwood floors, a steam shower!). Remember, you can always add the OOO-la-la’s, but you can’t make a home fit all priorities, such as location and price.
Dig Into the Details (Dull, Yes, But Worth It!)
How many of you have thought of maintenance when looking for a home? Maybe that’s a priority, to minimize maintenance costs. You could keep in mind to look for a home with a newer roof, good siding, and a newer furnace. But its important you go even deeper to uncover a home’s not-so-obvious maintenance costs:
Scope out the sewer line — especially if you’re interested in an older home — to make sure there aren’t any tree branches or other debris clogging up the works. Otherwise, you might find some nasty sludge in the basement.
Look at the trees. How mature are they? Roots from older trees can invade the sewer line; untrimmed branches can pummel your gutters during storms.
Know what’s not covered by homeowners insurance.
Ask how old the appliances are. You might need to budget for something new in a few years. Sellers are only required to fix what the inspector finds is broken; they’re not going to upgrade working appliances for you.
Seek a House That Matches Your Lifestyle
Are you ready for a house rather than an apartment? Maybe you’re tired of living in a relatively small space with no yard and you’re looking for a house you could “grow into in the next 3 to 5 years.” Multiple bedrooms &bathrooms for the family you plan on having.
On the other hand, maybe you’re looking for a condo without a big lawn that you’re going to have to mow and just enough space for you, and virtually no maintenance.
Some pros say that millennial clients aren’t forward-thinking about their lifestyles. Some are childless and say they don’t care about schools, pools, and tennis courts. Then they become parents a few years later and have to move.
The pros’ bottom-line advice: Think of your lifestyle preferences and how those might change in the next few years. After all, the typical homeowner lives in a house for a median of 10 years before selling, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® data shows.
Look at the House Through the Lens of Resale
All real estate pros will most likely emphasized resale.
Pro advice: “Don’t buy or build something unique that you can’t resell. If you’re not in an area with log homes, don’t choose a log home. If you’re not in an area with dome homes, don’t choose a dome home.”
Likewise, Don’t Overspend for the Neighborhood–If you buy a home priced higher than average for the area, it’ll be difficult to resell at a higher price. Don’t buy a home that’s not in line with the neighborhood’s average price . When you go to resell, you’ll find yourself in an uphill battle to maintain your higher price.
Other advice from the pros: Watch out for unfixable flaws that could affect resale, like:
What’s next to the home, such as vacant land that could be developed, high-traffic businesses, noisy power generation stations, a cell tower, etc.
Lot issues, such as a steep driveway that could double as a ski slope in winter, or a sloped yard that sends water special delivery to your foundation.
Of course, a home isn’t just about resale. It’s just one factor to consider. Remember the first point: Be willing to compromise for your priorities. If the home meets your priorities and you’re going to stay there awhile, then resale might be where you compromise.
Article adapted from HouseLogic.com/Christina Hoffmann
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Greenbrier Real Estate Service
1047 Washington St. E.
Lewisburg, WV 24901
In an article by Fodor’s Travel– Barbara Noe Kennedy highlights Lewisburg, WV as one of America’s Cutest Main Streets! If you haven’t visited our “small town”, it’s time to! Lewisburg AND all of our neighbors in the Greenbrier Valley offer so much.
See what Kennedy mentions in her Fodor’s Travel article…
The gracious, antique-filled General Lewis Inn sits along Washington Street on the edge of town, built around a brick residence dating from the early 1800s (when Lewisburg was just a small frontier outpost).
But keep walking west on Washington and you’ll discover a town firmly planted in the 21st century, with cool art galleries and innovative eateries — many housed in Georgian and late-Victorian-style buildings.
The Greenbrier Valley is place to be in the coming days! It’s sweet summertime and this area is buzzing with excitement for upcoming events!
Flowers on the main street of Alderson, White Sulphur Springs, Union, Lewisburg, Rainelle are blooming bright and so is the Greenbrier Valley!
Mark your calendars and come check out all that is offered!
Alderson’s 4th of July Celebration
June 29 – July 5
Every year, the Town of Alderson turns red, white and blue and hosts what has become known as West Virginia’s BEST Fourth of July Celebration. This 6-day event features everything from a Fireman’s Rodeo, to an All-American Baking Contest to the Ducks on the River Rubber Duck Race. And, of course, a Grand Parade and Grand Fireworks Display!